‘Deathstroke’ works on multiple levels

Credits: DC Comics

Deathstroke’ works on multiple levels

Deathstroke #14 is part of the “Hawkman: Wanted” crossover storyline with Savage Hawkman and Green Arrow. When Thanagarian Princess Shayera puts a bounty on the head of Hawkman, who else but the world’s greatest mercenary is ready to collect? The issue is plotted by Rob Liefeld with the script from Josh Williamson. Eduardo Pansica provides pencils with inks by Mariah Benes.

One of the main detractions of DC Comics‘ “New 52” relaunch of its superhero universe was the loss of decades of relationships and connections amongst its characters. Deathstroke #14 is a strong effort to establish a new connection in the, well, new universe. Deathstroke and Hawkman now share a commonality that will link the two characters, likely as long as the “New 52” DCU continues and it is a compelling pairing at that. This is not the first bit of world building from the “Hawkman: Wanted” storyline either, as the previous chapters reunited the classic Hawkman/Green Arrow relationship for the first time in the new DC universe.

Readers suffering crossover fatigue need not worry because, even though “Wanted” is predominantly a Hawkman story, Liefeld and Williamson kept the focus on Deathstroke here. And while there is a small recap of what set the story in motion, it actually plays into Deathstroke’s story and the aforementioned connection between the two characters. Look for that connection to build as Deathstroke appears in the next installment of “Wanted” in Savage Hawkman #14.

Pansica’s and Benes’ art is quite solid. Deathstroke is a book suited for Pansica as his strength is his action storytelling.

If you are a fan of well done crossover issues, the overall development of the new DC universe, or just want to read your regularly scheduled Deathstroke comic, Deathstroke #14 is an enjoyable read. The issue is in Philadelphia area comic shops now. To find a comic book store near you, go to www.comicshoplocator.com.

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